Negotiations between the AFE and LFP break down again

Negotiations between the Spanish League (LFP) and the Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) for the renewal of a collective agreement regarding players’ salaries and image rights, amongst other things, have broken down once again.

The lack of any agreement was the principal cause of the strike called by all first and second division players for the opening weekend of the 2011-12 season on August 20-21 last year. That stoppage was eventually called off on the eve of the second round of fixtures after the LFP and AFE signed a document that, while not a renovation of any collective deal, was a promise on behalf of both parties to reach a compromise over the coming months.

The presidents of both organisations maintained they had rubber-stamped a ‘system of guarantees’ that would see players owed money by clubs receiving their full salaries and, if in the event they did not get paid for three months, being able to rescind their contracts and look for employment elsewhere. This was due to be signed before Christmas but has still not been ratified.

Hence, the current talks have once again come to an impass

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